Westmoreland County Community College Selects Dr. Tuesday Stanley as Next President

Date Published: April 25, 2014

Tuesday StanleyThe Westmoreland County Community College board of trustees announced today that Dr. Tuesday Stanley, vice chancellor of Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, has been named president of the college effective July 1.

She will succeed Dr. Daniel J. Obara who is retiring in June after a five-year tenure as president.

In announcing the appointment of Stanley, Larry J. Larese, board chairman said, "We are excited to welcome such a dynamic person in Dr. Stanley who brings a strong work ethic and a robust background in all aspects of college administration and student learning. We believe her energy and talents will take a very good college to the next level.”

Stanley's appointment concludes a rigorous search process, led by a 13-member search committee comprising trustees, faculty, staff and a current student. The committee recommended four candidates from 49 applicants to be interviewed by the trustees.

“I extend my congratulations to Dr. Stanley and I look forward to working with her in the next few months to facilitate a smooth transition,” Obara said.

Since 2006, Stanley has served as a vice chancellor at Metropolitan Community College, a comprehensive college with an annual enrollment of 18,000 to 21,000 credit students and several thousand noncredit students. She oversees enrollment management, student development and administrative services. She has also overseen information technology. In that capacity, she led an enrollment services process review; a strategic enrollment management planning and implementation process focusing on student success, recruitment, course schedule management and marketing; and an information center (call center) for students. She also led efforts to move the college toward a zero-based budgeting process, opened an on-site healthcare clinic for employees and worked with several shared governance groups to improve transparency and decision-making.

Previously, she served for six years as the associate vice chancellor of marketing and enrollment management at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas where she oversaw a complete reorganization of the student development and enrollment management departments. She created a one-stop enrollment center on each of the college’s three campuses. Under her guidance, the college streamlined processes; created an enrollment services call center; unified technology and developed a system-wide recruitment and retention plan with emphasis on a diverse student population.

Her work experience in higher education also includes positions as the director of college and community relations and executive director of marketing and recruitment at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Currently, Stanley teaches the college orientation course at Metropolitan Community College and previously taught at Snowmass Institute in the strategic enrollment management division and marketing at Raritan Valley Community College.

She holds a doctorate of higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in business administration from Lehigh University, and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and communications from Purdue. She earned certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education IEM program and the BMA School of Bank Marketing.

“WCCC is a national leader, known for its academic excellence and community partnerships and I am excited and honored to be joining the college,” said Stanley. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the board, the students, the faculty and staff, the foundation board and the community to further the work being done for the citizens in the area and to capitalize on new opportunities.”

She lives with her husband and her three children.

Stanley will become the seventh president of WCCC which was established in 1970.